Posted by the Charleston, SC Car Accident Attorneys at Anderson & Schuster, Attorneys at Law, LLC. Our Charleston auto accident lawyers help those injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents in Charleston, North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville and across the South Carolina lowcountry.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 810 people lost their lives in auto accidents in 2010 on South Carolina roadways. Thousands of other drivers were injured in South Carolina car accidents. These injuries, depending on their severity, can be accompanied by very large medical bills and a great deal of recovery time in which an accident victim may lose income and suffer other damages. The assistance of a Charleston, SC automobile accident attorney can help to protect your right to recovery from an at-fault party. The types of injuries that people sustain in car, truck or motorcycle wrecks can vary greatly. However, some common injuries that people endure in auto accidents are discussed below.
Lacerations or Cuts: When two automobiles hit each other, generally a great deal of force is involved. This force can cause glass and other parts of the car to break and cut a driver or passenger of the automobile. Small cuts may simply heal on their own or with a small amount of medical treatment like stitches. More sever cuts may require more specialized medical treatment due to blood loss or scarring
Fractured or Broken Bones: Broken or fractured arms, legs, wrists, ribs and ankles are common in car accidents. These injuries are typically treated by setting the broken bone back in place and placing a cast around the site of the injury to protect and restrain movement in the affected area. For more serious injuries, the expertise of an orthopedic surgeon may be necessary.
Internal Injuries: Internal injuries are usually not able to be seen. They are generally caused by blunt force trauma in car accidents. Many times this trauma causes an injury to an internal organ and causes internal bleeding. These are serious injuries and if left untreated may lead to death.
Neck and Spine Injuries: Many injuries that occur in automobile accidents are referred to as soft tissue injuries. These injuries are called soft tissue injuries because the injury does not involve a broken or fractured bone. Many times these soft tissue injuries are located in the neck and back of an accident victim. The sudden jolt of a collision can put a tremendous amount of strain on ligaments and muscles causing whiplash or other soft tissue injuries. Spinal injuries are some of the most serious injuries that accident victims suffer. These injuries may result in tremendous amounts of pain, loss of feeling or function of limbs or even a state of paralysis like paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Traumatic Brain Injury: As previously discussed, blunt force trauma in car accidents can be very severe. Many times this trauma occurs when someone hits their head during an automobile accident. This injury can cause a great deal of swelling in the brain, which may lead to permanent brain injury. It is important that these injuries be treated as soon as possible.
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